EVA Air enhances amenity kits across cabin classes

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EVA Air is to introduce new Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kits for all Royal Laurel and Premium Laurel Class business passengers from the beginning of December, following the expiration of its seven-year cooperation with RIMOWA at the end of November.

EVA began offering RIMOWA kits in 2013 by providing five generations of the sought-after amenities in nine different colours in its luxurious business cabin.

EVA partnered with Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo to design new hard-case amenity kits in black, making them the ‘perfect accessories for the sophisticated dark coloured duvet and Royal Laurel/Premium Laurel Class design’. The new Ferragamo amenity kits will be available to all Royal Laurel/Premium Laurel Class passengers, departing from Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport on long-haul flights.

EVA began providing Ferragamo soft-bag amenity kits to Royal Laurel/Premium Laurel Class on long-haul flights to Taipei from the end of 2018. Now, it is presenting its second-generation of the amenity kits, blending Taiwan’s aboriginal rhombus totems with stylish western cultural elements. The new soft-sided bags were created to acquaint EVA’s passengers from around the globe with Taiwan’s art and culture. As a bonus, the new amenity kits come with exclusive Ferragamo key chains and will become available to passengers in mid-December.

EVA is also upgrading the amenity kit contents with Ferragamo’s Bianco Di Carrara fragrance by infusing the exclusive aroma into the body lotion, lip balm and hand cream offered in-flight. Created by well-known perfumer Alexandra Carlin and launched in 2018, the floral woody musk-scented Bianco Di Carrara has been conceived for women and men. The popular scent’s top notes are calabrian bergamot, white pepper and ambrette or musk mallow with middle notes of violet, iris and heliotrope and base notes of amber, tonka bean and white suede.

In the first quarter of 2020, EVA will begin offering brand-new Premium Economy Class amenity kits created by Belgian bag and accessory brand Kipling, the first time it has worked with an airline. Kipling’s exclusive Premium Economy Class amenity kits combine the brand’s most iconic design features in a stylishly shaped bag with a monkey key hanger and the landmark Taipei 101 Building. The new amenity kits will be offered to passengers, departing from Taipei.

EVA is also working with Italian fashion brand FURLA to introduce a second-generation overnight kit for Premium Economy Class passengers on long-haul flights to Taipei. The new kits are a larger version of FURLA’s “Owl Bag”. EVA will offer its second-generation FURLA Premium Economy Class amenity kits in the first quarter of 2020.

After partnering with prominent fashion designer Jason Wu to create pyjamas for Royal Laurel and Premium Laurel Class passengers on long-haul flights in 2019, EVA is repeating the collaboration to create a second-generation of in-flight sleepwear, to be introduced in January.

Designed to be comfortable and easy to wear, the sleepwear is made of a soft, cosy fabric with draw-string collar and trouser pockets. Available in medium, large and extra-large, the pyjamas accommodate different heights and body types and each size comes in a different colour.

EVA president, Clay Sun explained: “EVA is consistently dedicated to delivering the most comfortable and luxurious passenger services possible. We choose top global brands that complement our high standards and work in cooperation with them to create world-class amenities and service items as part of our never-ending mission to innovate and deliver increasingly better flying experiences for our passengers.”

Brussels Airlines introduces NATAN amenity kits

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Brussels Airlines, in collaboration with Galileo Watermark, has introduced new Business Class amenity bags in partnership with NATAN.

The bags are made from vegan leather and feature a woven hand strap to increase their post-flight usage.

Pieterjan Van Biesen, retail and marketing director of Belgian-based luxury fashion brand NATAN said: ‘We are honoured to celebrate our debut in the airline space with our flagship carrier and contribute to their new Business Class experience. We designed the timeless bags using elements from our ready-to-wear collections in order to give customers an authentic NATAN experience. Our collaboration is a celebration of luxury, creativity and Belgium.’

The unisex bag is available in Business Class on all North American and African Brussels Airlines flights and is the first launch in a collectible series of three unique designs. The complete collection will roll out over 18 months and the kits also include in-flight essentials like an eye mask, pen, dental kit, socks, ear plugs, moisturiser and lip balm to ensure a comfortable flight. The cosmetics are provided by Belgian brand RainPharma.

Virgin Atlantic launches amenity kits featuring sustainable products

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Virgin Atlantic is introducing new amenity kit ‘Goodie Bags’ featuring sustainable products, as the airline’s first A350-1000 takes flight.

The airline worked with Galileo Watermark on the new zip-up Goodie Bags which will be introduced across its fleet in Upper Class and Premium cabins.

The kits are made from responsibly sourced, FSC-certified recyclable kraft paper and feature travel essentials that have been reinvented for passengers to use onboard or reuse at home.

Corneel Koster, executive vice-president, Customer at Virgin Atlantic, said the airline is committed to sustainability and “fully understand” the importance to customers, adding: “We have developed and selected better quality, innovative, sustainable amenities, which can be enjoyed onboard, and used again at home.”

The Upper Class Goodie Bags include REN Clean Skincare products, a full-size Bambuubrush toothbrush, a light-blocking satin eyeshade with Velcro fastening, ear plugs in paper packaging, WhiteGlo toothpaste and kraft paper pen. The kit also includes socks bearing designs inspired by the destinations the airline flies to.

Virgin Atlantic has partnered with REN Clean Skincare for products in the kits, and in the Clubhouse bathrooms, as well as introducing Aveda haircare into Clubhouse showers and spas. The REN Clean Skincare products will be provided in recycled and recyclable packaging, following the company’s Zero Waste by 2021 pledge, while Aveda will also be sustainably packaged.

The sleep suits in Upper Class have also been upgraded as ‘Loungewear’ made of a soft cotton-blend jersey fabric and provided in a reusable bag. Available for all customers on night flights and on request on daytime flights, the Loungewear comes in three sizes and is designed to allow customers to wear it on their journey home.

In economy, sustainable items such as eye masks, ear plugs, dental kits, socks and pens will be available on request to contribute to the reduction of single-use products and waste production.

Comparing the old kits with the new Goodie Bags, Virgin Atlantic suggests there is a saving of 945 tonnes of plastic per year, equal to the weight of more than six Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

The new A350-1000 will also host new tableware, new almond gold Wilbur and Orville salt and pepper pots, metal napkin rings as well as new bedding designed to reduce wash loads and a padded fitted sheet.

Johannes Kloess, managing director at Galileo Watermark said: “Responsible for developing the first-ever amenity kits onboard Virgin Atlantic, Galileo Watermark is now proud to be working with the airline once again in the creation of the most sustainable kits available in the industry.”

Image: Virgin Atlantic ‘Goodie Bags’

APEXEXPO2019: FORMIA and Aeromexico reveal new business class amenity kits

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FORMIA is extending its collaboration with Aeromexico with the launch of two new amenity kits for the airlines’ business class cabin in autumn 2019.

Revealed at the APEX EXPO in Los Angeles, FORMIA has partnered with luxury fashion house, Etro, to design two bags – a cosmetics bag and a slim pouch for Aeromexico’s Clase Premier. This marks the first time the Etro brand will be available on board an airline in the Americas.

The bags are made of a coloured material inspired by the brand’s gentlemen’s suits and the inside is finished with Etro’s signature Paisley pattern fabric.

The kits feature a selection of Etro cosmetics and a large Etro branded eyemask in the paisley pattern, aiming to provide better protection from sources of bright lights, and therefore better comfort. Aeromexico representatives said they hope the stylish eye shades will be popular with passengers and could be used at home. The airline is also introducing slippers instead of socks, to provide an experience reminiscent of a five star hotel.

In a unique addition, the kits also include a Field Notes notebook, a first onboard for the Chicago-based brand, which has created a customised design for the airline.

FORMIA and Aeromexico reveal new amenity kits

FORMIA representatives remarked that the addition of the notebooks provides “something really different” and adds to the travel experience, adding: “Aeromexico is giving passengers the opportunity to really memorize the experience and take notes.”

FORMIA co-founder, Roland Grohmann, commented:”In the modern travel and hospitality markets it becomes ever more challenging to achieve the goal of creating distinctive, innovative and high quality kits. With these unique kits for Aeromexico I believe we have achieved our goal and have designed attractive and useful products which will delight passengers not only during their journeys but also through many post-flight uses as well.”

Antonio Fernandez, senior VP onboard product commented: “We are thrilled about these selected collaborations, with Etro as we recognise the exclusiveness of such a global luxury brand as well as with Field Notes, in designing a customised limited edition for us.”

He added: “We are confident that our passengers will greatly value these kits and recognise them as part of Aeromexico’s overall programme to raise our levels of product and service to ever higher levels.”

At the reveal, Aeromexico’s Fernandez discussed how the airline is moving to eliminate plastics and is not using a plastic bag to pack the amenity kits, but will be presented to passengers with a bag tag. The kits also have no plastic inside, he said, aligned with their efforts to reduce waste.

The airline confirmed the amenity kits are set to go onboard the airline’s Boeing 787 fleet on long-haul routes from late November to early December.

Delta puts its best foot forward with Bombas collaboration

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Delta has collaborated with the Bombas sock company to provide Bombas socks in amenity kits for Delta One passengers during September, while also donating socks to support the homeless in the US.

Delta One Bombas collaboration

Bombas was set up after the co-founders learned that socks are the most requested clothing item in homeless shelters and features a ‘buy one, give one’ model. Bombas has donated more than 20 million pairs to the homeless community across the US.

Through the collaboration, facilitated by the amenity company Buzz, Delta One customers will receive a free pair of Bombas dress socks in their in-flight amenity kits during the month of September, and for each pair given onboard, another will be donated on the ground.

As part of the partnership, Bombas will donate 300,000 pairs of their specially designed donation socks to Covenant House, which provides care and services to homeless and vulnerable youth in the country.

“When our Delta One customers put on their Bombas socks, they’ll know that they are playing a role in answering the needs of Covenant House shelters across the US,” said Mauricio Parise, managing director of Product Development.

Japan Airlines unveils new international Business Class amenity kits

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Japan Airlines has unveiled plans to introduce new amenity kits in long-haul Business Class and has also announced new autumn menus on its international flights.

The airline is planning to introduce new amenity kits in long-haul international Business Class from the end of August 2019.

For flights departing Japan, Business Class customers will receive an amenity kit designed in collaboration with MAISON KITSUNÉ, marking the brand’s first collaboration to create an amenity kit for the airline industry.

JAL BEAMS amenity kits

Flights arriving into Japan will feature an amenity kit designed in collaboration with BEAMS, a Japanese brand in lifestyle retailing. The kit features a unique pattern found in popular clothing materials and will feature a new design every three months, in line with the four seasons of Japan.

The kits will include a toothbrush, earplugs, eye mask, tissue, moisturising face mask and MAISON KITSUNÉ lip balm.

In a statement the airline said: “The JAL Group will continue to embrace the challenge of delivering an inspiring travel experience with new products and services.”

On the menu

The airline has also revealed its new autumn menus available on international flights from 1 September.

For Premium Economy and Economy Class, JAL has welcomed five chefs from RED U-35, Japan’s largest culinary competition for chefs under 35, to collaborate on meals for passengers.

Meanwhile the ‘Anytime you wish’ menu for First and Business Class passengers departing from London and Frankfurt will feature a new rice bowl developed by JAL BEDD Chef Daisuke Hayashi and Chef Shinichi Yamamoto, owner of a popular ramen shop in Frankfurt called Muku.

Further highlights of the new menus include the return of the popular AIR Yoshinoya Authentic Beef Bowl as well as the renewal of JAL’s original rice crackers. The in-flight snack is being renewed with a mixture of rice crackers, almonds and Japanese bean confectionaries.

The new colourful packages are designed to express the four seasons of Japan and feature the image of an origami crane.

JAL new menu


Header image: JAL plans to introduce new amenity kits designed in collaboration with MAISON KITSUNÉ for Business Class on international flights departing Japan.
Image 1: JAL’s new amenity kits for international business class passengers arriving into Japan, designed in collaboration with BEAMS.
Collage: Top left, JAL Rice Crackers; Bottom left, AIR Yoshinoya Authentic Beef Bowl; Right, Sample menu by Chef Kenji Akai, from JAL’s RED U-35 collaboration.

Malaysia Airlines rolls out Aspinal of London amenity kits

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Malaysia Airlines has partnered with the luxury brand Aspinal of London to provide travel amenities for its Business Class and Business Suite passengers.

Amenities provider FORMIA announced the partnership as part of its collaboration with the airline, and added that the Aspinal of London branded pouches will roll out by August 1 on selected Airbus A330 and A350 flights.

The travel bags are based on the ‘quintessential’ Aspinal washbag and contain items from the French skincare brand PAYOT, specially designed to provide customers with comfort in aircraft conditions and beyond.

Malaysia Airlines’ Group chief marketing and customer experience officer, Lau Yin May, explained that the airline recently ran a survey asking passengers what they look for in an ideal amenity kit, commenting: “We’ve closely studied their feedback and are delighted to be collaborating with FORMIA to debut Aspinal of London amenity kits which will be introduced in Business Suite and Business Class.

“Our new line of amenity kits, which include PAYOT hydration products, will meet our aim of bringing unparalled comfort and luxury to all our passengers.”

The travel bags come in a range of collectible colours and have been designed with the brand’s iconic fastenings and logo, to allow them to double-up as a clutch bag after the flight.

FORMIA’s Co-Founder, Roland Grohmann, called it a “welcome extension to our existing partnership with Malaysia Airlines” and added: “Aspinal of London is a superior luxury leather luggage brand respected the world over for its quality and elegance and, along with luxurious PAYOT contents, these amenity kits are sure to delight passengers.”

SriLankan Airlines teams up with Twinery for muscle recovery accessory

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SriLankan Airlines has teamed up with Twinery – Innovations by MAS, to introduce Spryng smart accessories to its business class lounge in Colombo.

The airline revealed it had introduced the smart accessory as a complementary service to its Serendib lounge at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, “to rejuvenate transiting passengers or make ready those embarking on long distance flights.”

Spryng is the latest addition to the portfolio of wearable tech and smart accessories by Twinery and aims to aid muscle recovery.

SriLankan Airlines Spryng

A wireless, active pneumatic compression wrap mimics natural muscle contractions in the calves, helping to reduce muscle soreness by stimulating blood circulation and increasing cellular oxygen supply.

Using a patent-pending WaveTech compression technology, Spryng is suggested to be ideal for post-long distance flying.

On its website, Spryng suggests: “Spryng… gives you the versatility to do more in your day, powering you up to go from an airplane seat to the ski slopes – or wherever life takes you.”

The portable, rechargeable device has three different intensity settings allowing users to adjust the amount of compression and two compression patterns to choose from.

Vipula Gunatilleka, group chief executive officer of SriLankan, said: “SriLankan is constantly searching for ways and means to delight our valued passengers even more. We are pleased to collaborate with MAS Holdings to provide this revolutionary opportunity to customers at our Serendib Lounge.”

Image: First customer to experience Spryng units at the SriLankan Airlines Serendib Business Lounge

New sustainability developments with amenity kit provider Albea

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Amenity kit provider Albea Travel Designer has turned its focus to new sustainable developments and opportunities for airlines which want to create a more eco-conscious passenger experience.

These include up-cycling previously used products, such as using SALPA bonded leather fibre material made from leather splits to manufacture new pouches, and prioritising eco friendly materials including bio-sourced plastics.

The company has also begun using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, with material sourced from sustainable managed forests and post-consumer recycled wood fibre.

Albea recently joined up with the American brand Cotarde to create an eco-friendly amenity kit. This includes a number of products such as DayDream Mousse Cream and Face with a View Concentrated Cream, both in 5 to 15ml biodegradable tubes.

Air Canada introduces more travel fun for children

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Air Canada has introduced new complimentary on-board travel gifts, and children’s meal options, as part of wider improvements for family travel.

“Travelling together often makes for some of the fondest, most enduring family memories. Air Canada is pleased to offer these special new services to make travel fun for our youngest flyers and easy for parents flying with young children,” said Andrew Yiu, vice president of Product at Air Canada. ”

Patents can register their children for free online at Air Canada Altitude Skyriders. Children will receive a kit containing a welcome letter, an exclusive Skyriders luggage tag and a logbook to chart their flights. Every time the child travels, they will also earn printable badges online to commemorate special milestones or achievements. First flights, new regions visited, or destinations explored all have special meaning and can be commemorated online. E-mail notifications will be sent once new badges are earned.

Other features include collectible items at Family such as a luggage tag, colouring or activity book and games. On most international flights, children receive a revamped menu that includes children’s favourite food such as macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets and more. Pre-booking is required 18 hours prior to travel.